They don't knock it out of the park on originality, but we've had some very good soups there (same goes for Au Bon Pain), and we've taken some inspiration from the menu. For example, we had a carrot, ginger, and artichoke soup this week (it's still on the menu, New Yorkers). We love carrot soups, but we've yet to add artichoke to one, so we might start experimenting. They're also big on lentil soups, which has inspired us to look into different varieties of lentils for home cooking.
Have you ever recreated a soup you loved at a deli? Anyone eating at Hale and Hearty today?